Laura Roberts, MD, MA

Laura Roberts, MD, MA

Psychiatrist

Bio:   Dr. Roberts serves as Chairman and the Katharine Dexter McCormick and Stanley McCormick Memorial Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine. She is an internationally recognized scholar in bioethics, psychiatry, medicine, and medical education. Over two decades, Dr. Roberts has received scientific, peer-reviewed funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Energy, and private foundations to perform empirical studies of modern ethical issues in research, clinical care, and health policy, with a particular focus on vulnerable and special populations. Her work has led to advances in understanding of ethical aspects of physical and mental illness research, societal implications for genetic innovation, the role of stigma in health disparities, the impact of medical student and physician health issues, and optimal approaches to fostering professionalism in medicine.

Dr. Roberts has written hundreds of peer-reviewed articles and other scholarly works, and she has written or edited several books in the areas of professionalism and ethics in medicine, professional development for physicians, and clinical psychiatry. Dr. Roberts was recently appointed as the Editor-in-Chief, Books for the American Psychiatric Assocation. Dr. Roberts has been the Editor-in-Chief for the journal Academic Psychiatry since 2002 and serves as an editorial board member and peer reviewer for many scientific and education journals.

Dr. Roberts received the 2015 MacLean Center Prize recognizing her bioethics work. She was chosen to receive the Distinguished Psychiatrist award from the American Psychiatric Association in 2005 and 2010 and was recognized as the foremost leader in psychiatric education in the United States and Canada by the University of Toronto in 2008. Dr. Roberts has also received numerous awards for leadership, teaching, and science, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Academic Psychiatry in 2010 and the Nancy C.A. Roeske, M.D., Certificate of Recognition for Excellence in Medical Student Education from the American Psychiatric Association.

Having received her Bachelor of Arts in History and Master of Arts in the Conceptual Foundations of Science from the University of Chicago, she then completed her medical degree and a fellowship in clinical medical ethics at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Roberts then performed her residency training in psychiatry at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, where she also received additional clinical preparation in child and adolescent psychiatry. Dr. Roberts served on the faculty of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine for several years, performing evidence-based ethics research, administration, education, and clinical work in the specialized area of consultation-liaison psychiatry. While serving as Professor and Vice Chairman for her department, she established the University of New Mexico Institute for Ethics and was appointed the Jack and Donna Rust Professor of Biomedical Ethics prior to her departure in 2003. She then moved to the Medical College of Wisconsin, where for seven years she served as chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and the Charles E. Kubly Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine. She came to Stanford University in 2010.

Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic

Professional Education

  • Board Recertification, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Psychiatry (2014)
  • Board Recertification, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Psychiatry (2004)
  • Board Certification: Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (1994)
  • Fellowship: University of New Mexico School of Medicine (1994) NM
  • Residency: University of New Mexico School of Medicine (1993) NM
  • Fellowship: University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine (1989) IL
  • Medical Education: University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine (1988) IL
  • MA, University of Chicago, Philosophy (1983)
  • BA, University of Chicago, Social Studies of Science & Med (1982)

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow, American Psychopathological Association (2005-present)
  • Fellow, Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine (2004-present)
  • Fellow, American Psychiatric Association (2003-present)
  • Nancy C.A. Roeske, M.D., Certificate of Recognition for Excellence in Medical Student Education, American Psychiatric Association (2001)
  • Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, Education Council, University of New Mexico School of Medicine (1998)
  • Medical Education Scholar, University of New Mexico School of Medicine (1998)
  • Deborah J. Harrington Award, Department of Psychiatry, University of New Mexico School of Medicine (1998)
  • Robert Kellner Teaching Award, Department of Psychiatry, University of New Mexico School of Medicine (1997)
  • Rosenbaum Faculty Award, Department of Psychiatry, University of New Mexico School of Medicine (1997)
  • Senescu Award, University of New Mexico School of Medicine (1993)
  • Ethel Ginsburg Fellow, Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (1992-1993)
  • Laughlin Fellow, American College of Psychiatrists (1992)
  • Sol W. Ginsburg Fellow, Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (1990-1992)
  • Upjohn Award in Medicine for Outstanding Achievement, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine (1988)
  • American Medical Women's Association Award for Scholastic Achievement, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine (1988)
  • Rock Sleyster Scholar, American Medical Association (1987)
  • Distinguished Psychiatrist Award, American Psychiatric Association (2005)
  • Distinguished Life Fellow, Association for Academic Psychiatry (2006-present)
  • Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors Inc. (1996-present)
  • University of Toronto Centennial Award for Leading International Psychiatric Educator, University of Toronto Department of Psychiatry Centennial Celebration (2008)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Association for Academic Psychiatry (2010)
  • Distinguished Service Award, American Psychiatric Association (2014)

Administrative Appointments

  • Editor-in-Chief, Books, American Psychiatric Association (2016 - Present)
  • Editor-in-Chief, Academic Psychiatry (2002 - Present)
  • Chairman, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine (2010 - Present)
  • Chief, Psychiatry Service, Stanford Hospital and Clinics (2010 - Present)